Of all the major corporations in the computer industry, Apple appears to be the one leading the fight for individual privacy, challenging both government spies and the corporations that collect and sell private data of their customers. Now Apple has recruited a former employee and vocal critic of Facebook to join its privacy team.
Sandy Parakilas, who spent a year and a half monitoring privacy and policy compliance by software developers before leaving Facebook in October 2012, will reportedly become a privacy manager on Apple’s policy team.
When working at Facebook, Mr. Parakilas warned senior executives of the potentially damaging consequences of the company’s data-sharing policies, but felt his concerns were played down. He soon left the company, apparently because he was unable to change Facebook’s predatory practices.
Last year, following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, he gave evidence to the UK parliament’s digital, culture, media and sport committee, telling MPs that Facebook’s data protection practices were “far outside the bounds of what should have been allowed” between 2010 and 2014.
You can read more about the background of Sandy Parakilas and his appointment to Apple’s executive team in an article by Hannah Kuchler and Tim Bradshaw in the Financial Times web site at: https://www.ft.com/content/a10b54e0-1352-11e9-a581-4ff78404524e.